For Barbara) Raggedy Ann is 97 years old this year. Her brother Andy, is a some yrs younger. Marcella Gruelle, had faceless rag doll, so Dad John painted on big black eyes, a triangle shaped nose & wide grin. Mom Myrtle made her clothes of red, white & blue. Fam.Frnd James Witcomb Riley inspired the name. Dad a cartoonist made up adventures and how Raggedy got her heart, sewn into body. Marcella died as teenager and grieving Dad got stories published as tribute to her memory in 1918.